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Staci R. Schoenfeld

The patient attempts to Explain PTSD with Time Travel Theory

Staci R. Schoenfeld


1. Draw two dots, six inches apart, on a sheet paper. 

2. Label the first dot childhood (or substitute a time in your life that
haunts you). 

3. Label the second dot with your name and location. Include the
current day, date, and time. 

4. Draw a line between the two dots. Call this linear time. It travels
from point A (the past) to point B (which is always right now). 

5. Call this good. Call it the past staying where it belongs.

6. Fold the paper in half so the two dots line up exactly. 

7. Take a pencil or other pointed object and punch a hole from point
A through to point B. See how the distance between the dots no
longer exists?

8. Call this what you have been trying to avoid. Call this the
triggering event. 

9. Leave the newly created portal open. Picture a tunnel connecting
the once vast distance between the points in this folded space. Call it a
wormhole. Call it an Einstein-Rosen Bridge. 

10. Call it being unable to tell the difference between past and

11. Call it being in your living room in 2013 and feeling the brush
your mother beat you with in 1975 strike your head over and over.
Call it smelling your father's aftershave everywhere. Call it feeling
his fingers stroke your cheek just as he did each night he got into
bed with you when you were ten.

12. Call it what it is. A flashback. Time travel.